Las Colonias park master plan approved by Grand Junction City Council |

Las Colonias park master plan approved by Grand Junction City Council

Grand Junction’s City Council finally approved its Las Colonias park master plan at last week’s regular meeting.

According to GJ’s Recreation Superintendent Traci Wieland, the plan looks comprehensively at city property from Fifth Street to the Eagle Rim Park pedestrian bridge in Orchard Mesa.

“It’s not just about property designated Las Colonias,” Wieland said, who also mentioned Watson Island is featured prominently in the master plan.

“The Watson Island disc-golf area is moving forward,” she added. “That (component of the master plan) — out of anything — is progressing much quicker” and will likely be constructed before the end of the summer.

Another piece of property recently purchased by the City of GJ (755 Struthers, directly south of Randall Industries) will serve as the future location for a public restroom and shelter area right next to the Riverfront Trail.

Wieland said the property was purchased in April 2013.

“We paid $5.30/sq. ft. for a total of $189,125.20,” said City of GJ Spokeswoman Sam Rainguet.

By adopting the Las Colonias park master plan, “it solidifies the fact that there is a direction for the park,” Wieland continued. “It gives us the ability to seek outside-funding sources, like GOCO and numerous other funding opportunities. Without a master plan, there’s no way to get outside assistance and funding.”

The parks and rec department next plans to go after a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant this fall to help fund a restroom/shelter, trail connections, parking improvements, and work on a native arboretum.

“The deadline is in August with notification in December,” Wieland said in an email. “Basically, once we put the grant together, we will be in a holding pattern until we get notification in December. If we get the grant, we’d start work shortly after the first of the year or as weather allows. If we don’t get the grant, we would probably reapply or reassess next steps.”

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